Friday, July 16, 2021
Welcome back for another Life Lifter! Our scripture that will give us a lift today is from Colossians 2:13-15. Here's how it reads, "God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross."
The picture here is that you were dead in your sins. When you were without Christ Jesus, you were separated from God, dead to him because of your sins. But what God did for those of you who have come to see that Christ is the way back to God, is God made you alive with Christ. You've gone from death to life in Christ. God forgave you all your sins. He forgave the ones that you just cringe at when you think about them, those things that you wish you could do over, the things where you go, "Oh, if only I could have done it over, I would have, or I could have, or I should have..." He has forgiven you all your sins. He canceled the charge of legal indebtedness. In other words, when you sin the wages of that sin was death, but God canceled that bill for you. That bill that stood against you, that bill that condemned you, that legal document that said because of your sin you deserve death, he canceled that. He took it away. When Christ died on the cross that document of legal indebtedness was cancelled, it was nailed to the cross with Christ.
Not only that, but he has disarmed Satan and all his evil hordes. They can no longer accuse you. In fact, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. This is what God has done for you in Christ Jesus. You've been made alive with him, your sins have been forgiven, your sins have been canceled, which means obliterated or destroyed. The charges against you have been taken away, he has disarmed all of those who would accuse, making a public spectacle of them. This means that in Christ Jesus you are free from all of those sins and from everything that could take you out of the loving embrace of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, who loves you. Friends, that should give you a lift for the day, and I hope and pray that it does.